Help! Stinking beans!?
So I bought some dry white and black beans. I took the white beans and put them in water to soak for 24 hours. But when I opened the container to cook them, they smelled kind of funky. Is this normal? They don't smell rotten per se, just stinky or pungent. I tasted one and aside from it not being cooked yet, it tasted fine. Is this normal? Can I expect this with the black beans too?
next time, only soak overnight, and do not cover. in 24 hours -- the beans were beginning a ferment. trapped gas from a closed container didn't help.
I have found that some brands of black beans have a musty smell. Unfortunately I have had that funk come through in the final dish. I have encountered smelly black beans more often in the store brands of several grocery stores. Often the smelly beans have a slightly dusty appearance. I now look for beans that look dark and shiny and do sniff the bags as that funk can often be smelled through the plastic bag.